PMQs review: Miliband traps Cameron over "money is no object"
By George Eaton - 12 February 13:15

The PM's loose rhetoric handed Miliband a win as he challenged plans to make 550 Environment Agency Staff redundant.

The coalition and the floods: from "money is no object" to "no blank cheque"
By George Eaton - 12 February 9:08

After Cameron's declaration that "money is no object in this relief effort", Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin insists "I don’t think it’s a blank cheque".

Cameron's declaration that "money is no object" has destroyed his austerity message
By George Eaton - 12 February 8:46

By insisting that he will spend "whatever money is needed" on flood relief, Cameron has undermined his claim that austerity means we must tolerate rising homelessness and poverty.

Labour set to avoid promising EU referendum in general election manifesto
By George Eaton - 11 February 16:01

Party sources tell the NS that they do not expect Labour to change its stance on a referendum before May 2015.

Cutting foreign aid is no way to respond to the floods
By Jonathan Tanner - 11 February 14:59

Farage is relying on misconceptions about the scale, purpose and outcomes of aid spending to argue for this cynical raid.

Tom Watson attacks Tristram Hunt for crossing a picket line
By George Eaton - 11 February 13:27

Labour MP says he would rather the shadow education secretary "resign his post as a lecturer than cross a picket line of striking lecturers".

UKIP needs to learn to manage expectations
By George Eaton - 11 February 9:07

After Farage's promise to "cause an earthquake", anything less than first in the European elections will be deemed a failure - and the polls suggest Labour may well win.

It's too early to be pessimistic about boosting living standards
By Gavin Kelly - 11 February 7:00

Despite the recent upturn, the still severely weakened state of our economy means we can't judge what is possible yet.

Miliband makes tackling inequality his defining mission for government
By George Eaton - 10 February 18:00

In the form of a commitment to reduce inequalities "in income, opportunity and power", Miliband has articulated the radical agenda he would pursue after 2015.

Cameron hints that Chris Smith could be removed as Environment Agency chair
By George Eaton - 10 February 15:35

The PM says "there will be time later on to talk about these things" when asked if he supports Smith.

The problem with Clegg's tax cut plan: it won't help the poorest workers
By George Eaton - 10 February 12:41

With the personal allowance already at £10,000, the lowest-paid five million workers will not benefit from further increases.

What lies behind the spectacular collapse of the British far-right?
By Matthew Goodwin - 10 February 10:54

In the form of UKIP, the toxic extreme right has been sidelined by a more competent radical right force.

Miliband offers a radical third way on public service reform
By George Eaton - 10 February 8:36

Rather than an approach defined by the centralised state or the untamed market, Miliband is committing to a progressive agenda defined by localism, transparency and accountability.

Labour must not retreat from further devolution to Scotland
By Guy Lodge and Alan Trench - 07 February 16:16

The weaker the party's offer of more powers becomes, the greater the risk that voters will opt for independence.

The Lib Dems might have moved on from Rennard, but the public haven't
By Richard Morris - 07 February 14:44

Ask any "ordinary" person what the Lib Dems have been up to in recent weeks and they'll mention the scandal.

Coalition rebuked again by UK Statistics Authority- this time on flood defence spending
By George Eaton - 07 February 12:49

Statistics head Andrew Dilnot says a Treasury graph on infrastructure left readers with "a false impression of the relative size of investment between sectors".

Milibandism's next chapter: reforming the state
By Rafael Behr - 07 February 12:24

The Labour leader is, after much hesitation, ready to contemplate the problem of running public services in austere times.

The SNP's hypocrisy on "politicising" sporting occasions
By George Eaton - 07 February 10:50

Nicola Sturgeon attacks David Cameron for speaking at the Olympic Stadium but has she forgotten Alex Salmond's Wimbledon antics?

If Cameron really wants Scotland to stay in the UK, he should ease on austerity
By George Eaton - 07 February 9:03

One of the few factors that could tilt the odds in Alex Salmond's favour is the prospect of permanent cuts under a Conservative-led government.

How the poor have been hit hardest by inflation
By Lindsay Judge - 06 February 17:15

New data shows that the cost of essentials such as food and energy has increased most rapidly over the last five years.

What happens to Scottish MPs in May 2015 after an independence vote?
By George Eaton - 06 February 16:05

The Tories and the conservative media would revolt against a Labour government dependent on Scottish MPs for its majority.

Labour 46 points ahead in Wythenshawe by-election, Ashcroft poll shows
By George Eaton - 06 February 14:50

UKIP has surged into second place but it won't be troubling Labour next Thursday.

Would Scotland really suffer if RBS moved after independence?
By James Maxwell - 06 February 13:25

Any relocation would be largely symbolic but the Scottish economy desperately needs to be rebalanced.

Cameron's plan to force schools to take two-year-olds is pie in the sky policy
By Lucy Powell - 06 February 10:48

Unless there is investment to help schools build nursery classrooms, this announcement is meaningless for parents.

Labour MPs urge Miliband to make the case for borrowing to invest
By George Eaton - 06 February 8:23

Former cabinet ministers Peter Hain and John Healey argue that the party must make an explicit case for investment if it is to counter the Tories' attack lines before the election.

How women have deserted the Tories at the polls
By George Eaton - 05 February 16:12

The party once attracted far more female than male support but since 2005 the reverse has been true.

Leader: Why is Labour silent on education's Berlin Wall?
By New Statesman - 05 February 15:21

Unlike the education secretary, Tristram Hunt has nothing to say on the dominance of the private schools.

PMQs review: Miliband pounces on the Tories' women problem
By George Eaton - 05 February 13:23

The coalition made the Labour leader's point for him as it fielded an entirely male frontbench.

How Labour can counter the populist threat
By Michael McTernan and Claudia Chwalisz - 05 February 11:04

The party should radically devolve power and budgets to bridge the gap between "representative" and "responsible" government.

Why Danny Alexander's promise to keep the 45p tax rate can't be trusted
By George Eaton - 05 February 8:54

The Lib Dems says the top tax rate will be cut "over my dead body". But he said the same about the 50p rate in 2011.

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